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Re: US Citizens: How are you sending back your ballots?

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Serious question. What happens if you do not vote at all? Are you going to be penalised in some way or is voting not mandatory in the US? In Cyprus, voting is mandatory but considering that our closest embassy is in Rome i never voted since ive been here and didnít hear anything about it.

Wasn't it Benjamin Franklin who said there are only 3 certainties in life namely your birth, death and taxes.


Therefore voting doesn't come anywhere near being a certainty.
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Old 22.11.2022, 08:54
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Re: US Citizens: How are you sending back your ballots?

Something new and cool in the State of Georgia (the one where people play football with their hands) was that along with my ballot I was given a ranked-choice runoff ballot* I could send in along with the regular ballot in case there was a runoff.

And, unfortunately there was a runoff for the Senate seat in the US Congress.

I just received confirmation that my runoff ballot (which I sent in with my regular ballot) has been accepted and entered into the system.

It's nice when things work as they should.

*ranked choice voting has some problems, but hopefully it works out well.
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Something new and cool in the State of Georgia Ö

*ranked choice voting has some problems, but hopefully it works out well.
Ranked choice voting is probably the best way to solve the polarization in (US) politics. I hope it takes root. I doubt it will. Too many folks with a lot of money/power invested in the US two party system.

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Old 22.11.2022, 12:25
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Ranked choice voting is probably the best way to solve the polarization in (US) politics. I hope it takes root. I doubt it will. Too many folks with a lot of money/power invested in the US two party system.

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I'd like to break the two-party system. Choosing between two equally reprehensible candidates is no choice at all.

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Old 22.11.2022, 18:03
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I'd like to break the two-party system. Choosing between two equally reprehensible candidates is no choice at all.
That would result in the POTUS getting effectively elected by congress, the #notMyPresident would abound.
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That would result in the POTUS getting effectively elected by congress, the #notMyPresident would abound.
You're right about what would likely happen if the two party system gets broken on a large scale. Under the Constitution, one candidate has to get a majority of Electoral College votes (270). If no one does, the U.S. House of Representatives gets to choose. It's one vote per state, regardless of population size. There are presently more state legislatures in the hands of Rs than Ds.

I still think ranked choice voting is the way to go, though. Runoff elections are expensive and ranked choice saves a ton of money and time.
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I'd like to break the two-party system. Choosing between two equally reprehensible candidates is no choice at all.
No need to break the system. As Kanye has announced he's running for president in 2024, you will have three equally reprehensible candidates
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I still think ranked choice voting is the way to go, though. Runoff elections are expensive and ranked choice saves a ton of money and time.
I don't think that the cost argument is a valid one, it can't be (within reason) for duties of the sovereign. Trust is far more important.

The problem with ranked choice is understanding it. That's a prerequisite to expressing one's will.

Switzerland has a version of ranked choice for the Nationalrat elections (federal parliament's big chamber), its voters should be considerably better educated in voting matters due to the regular votes, even though the Nationalrat gets elected every four years only. Yet I'd be willing to wager that only a minority actually understand how it works, the difference between ListenStimme (literally list vote, effectively party vote) and KandidatenStimme (votes for the candidates) and how they relate.
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That would result in the POTUS getting effectively elected by congress, the #notMyPresident would abound.
The solution to #notMyPresident is to restore the constitutional limits on the POTUS' powers - which is almost entirely to execute the laws Congress passes.

The POTUS should not be a little king as he is now.
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Nobody should make a comeback.

http://www.nobodyforpresident.org/forevernobody.html

Could have a good chance of winning.

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